3 Easy Spring Roll Sauces

I LOVE fresh spring rolls. It is one of my very favorite ways to eat raw vegetables (sorry salad). Yes, they are a little bit of work to make as you have to roll up your prepped veggies in the spring roll wrappers, but I have NEVER been upset or felt like it was a waste of time when I’ve made them at home. My only issue is I might eat all the spring rolls in less time than it took me to make them. Ha.

The secret to great spring rolls is that it’s ALL about the dipping sauce. Probably my favorite is a spicy peanut sauce, but I have a few others that I really love as well, so I thought I’d share all three spring roll sauces here so you can print and make any of them that sound good to you. And here’s some pre-made dipping sauces if you just want to make one or two and buy some other flavors to try…

The spicy peanut sauce is creamy, slight spicy, slightly sweet, and just totally delicious. I’ve made this exact recipe but swapped the natural peanut butter for almond butter and it was still really good, so feel free to try that if you have a peanut allergy or are just avoiding legumes.

The sweet and spicy sauce is exactly what it sounds like, a thinner dipping sauce that really packs a punch! You can use fresh chilis or even just a good amount of dried red pepper flakes to make this recipe.

If you’re looking for a super quick and easy sauce that you can make from things you probably already have in your kitchen, then make some Yum sauce to dip those spring rolls in. Yum!

These small bowls are perfect for dipping and a cute serving tray makes your presentation a snap! And if you’ve never made fresh spring rolls before and would like a straightforward photo tutorial, just check here or browse all the other yummy apps in our archive. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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3 Easy Spring Roll Sauces

Servings 4

Ingredients

For spicy peanut sauce:

  • 3/4 cup which is 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/3 cup water

For sweet and spicy sauce:

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 red chili finely chopped OR 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrow root powder

For the Yum sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. For the spicy peanut sauce, first shake well your can of coconut milk. Then add all the ingredients, except water, to a pot and cook over medium heat. Stir as you cook until the sugar is dissolved and everything is heated through. Taste and add more red curry paste if you prefer (start with just 1 tablespoon). Then thin the sauce with water to the consistency you desire.

  2. For the sweet and spicy sauce, first mince the garlic and finely chop the fresh chili if using. Remove some seeds if you prefer a less spicy sauce. In a sauce pan, combine the vinegar, 1/2 cup water, sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and chopped chili or pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat and stir well to dissolve the sugar. In a small bowl with a fork, whisk together the 1 tablespoon water and 2 teaspoons arrow root powder or corn starch. Whisk until combined well. Drizzle this into the pan and continue to cook until the sauce thickens and coats the spoon well. Remove from heat.

  3. For the Yum sauce, simply combine all the ingredients except water in a small mixing bowl. Stir together. Taste and add more salt or seasoning you prefer. Then thin to your desired consistency with water.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Spicy peanut sauce adapted from Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu and Sweet and Spicy Sauce adapted from The Flavor Bender.
  • 5 stars
    Made all three sauces and LOVED them with our smoked salmon salad rolls! Your peanut sauce is by far the best one I’ve ever made (I’ve made MANY variations on the peanut sauce recipe looking for the right one to match what I’ve had at restaurants).

    I’m looking forward to using the rest of the sauce for our Thai Grilled Chicken skewers and rice tonight.

    Thank you for the lovely recipes.

  • 5 stars
    The sauces are amazing. Thank you fir the recipes. However, these are summer rolls. Spring rolls are made with a flour based dough and are fried. Summer rolls are made with rice wrappers.

  • 5 stars
    Son and his wife have become vegan. This is a great side dish for squash soup on family nights. Garbanzo is awesome ingredient. Trying 5he peanut sauce tomorrow. So easy and yummy. Prefer uncooked to cooked rolls though.

  • A question: What? is red curry? I have no idea. Curry powder? Curry leaves (although I don’t think they are ever red)?

  • 5 stars
    Just made the sweet chili sauce and it’s AMAZING!
    Question though; for the sweet chili sauce, could I make a big batch of this and keep it in the fridge? What is the refrigerator shelf life?

    • 4 stars
      I made the sweet and spicy sauce, but sadly the cornstarch didn’t thicken it at all and it was good, but too watery and ran down my arm when eating my spring roll. I also think it’s too much sauce, could have cut the recipe in half

  • Hi! These sauces look amazingly delicious ????. How long are they good for in the refrigerator?

  • 5 stars
    Ahh so good! So easy!!! I was looking for a quick sauce for some egg rolls that I made and found the sweet and spicy one a perfect flavor fit. Thanks for sharing!

  • For those with nut allergies, try a sesame dressing. It’s my go to sauce when I make spring rolls. I even prefer it over the traditional peanut sauce. They sell premade at any Asian supermarket (or the Asian aisles for regular supermarkets, but choices are not as good). You can make your own if you have a Vitamix!

  • Hey Emma, all of these look so good that I want to make them for dinner tomorrow, yay! For the spicy peanut sauce, am I looking for red curry powder or red curry paste?

  • 5 stars
    My favorite way is with good ole fish sauce (not the kind out of the bottle, the vinaigrette type diluted with sugar, salt, and rice vinegar) but my second fave is peanut sauce. So happy to have other recipes to try! Nothing is more light and refreshing than spring rolls in summer!

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